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Old 02-09-2013, 08:22 AM   #1
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King of the Hammers

My wife and I decided late in the day Thursday to head out to Johnson Valley and watch the KOH race on Friday morning. We left Carlsbad at 8pm and arrived at the top of the spectator area at "Backdoor" (Rm 1 and the first rock section) just before 11pm. There was a big crowd with several hunderd vehicles there partying so we parked where we could and went to sleep. At 5:30am when I stepped outside to check the tires, there were only four vehicles left on the hill and no one was parked at the very top which was the best spot to see from. I pulled the SMB right up to the barricade and went back to sleep. When we woke back up the hill was packed with hundreds of vehicles and a thousand or more spectators, freezing in the windy cold dusty air.

Warm front row seats, coffee for Jan, oatmeal and a Diet Coke for me and a lot of envious people surrounding us trying to see over each other - I almost felt guilty; not really.

We watched the first two laps from there and then headed over to "Chocolate Thunder" and a couple of other spots. We cruised around the valley and saw thousands of 4-Wheel Drive "Rigs" of every variety and configuration - some really cool, but not one other Sportsmobile.

Was anyone else there? This has to be one of the biggest Off-Road events in the world.

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Old 02-09-2013, 10:36 PM   #2
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Re: King of the Hammers


at leat one other member in attendance....
"understeer is when you hit the wall with the front of your car, oversteer is when you hit the wall with the rear of your car, horsepower is how hard your car hits the wall, and torque is how far your car moves the wall."
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Old 02-10-2013, 02:38 PM   #3
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It's in my backyard practically. I've seen a lot of rigs coming and going. It's cold for this time of year. Some of my friends went. If I had gone, my van isn't a SMB but it's 4WD. Don't like the big crowds.
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Old 02-17-2013, 09:40 AM   #4
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It is a fun gathering. A good percentage of vans here are not SMB - it does not matter.
If you are a gearhead, the crowds bring some neat equipment not seen regularly.
Cool stuff abounds.

Two wheels or four, its all good. :-)
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Old 02-17-2013, 12:51 PM   #5
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This article in our local paper talks about how all the land used for the Hammer event will be taken over by our Marine base here. Write your congressman.
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Old 02-22-2013, 01:00 AM   #6
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check out this hammer vid ... st24212157
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